Barry Fennelly named Palmer Cup International Head Coach

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Manager of the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship in Maynooth University, Barry Fennelly, has been named as Head Coach of the International side for next year’s Arnold Palmer Cup.

Fennelly will share the role with Rhyll Brinsmead while Irishman, Aaron O’Callaghan, the Associate Head Coach at Wake Forest in the United States has taken one of the Assistant Coach positions for the International side.

The 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup will be played at Lahinch as the famous Co. Clare links prepares for hosting the 2026 Walker Cup.


“Absolutely thrilled and honoured to lead the International team at Lahinch,” said Fennelly. “Huge thanks to the golf coaches committees who putt their support behind me to take on this role so I am over the moon to be honest.

“I’m so grateful for the seven Maynooth players that we have had representing Maynooth with distinction at the event and have gone on to have success at top amateur level and the pro ranks.

“Their success and how they have carried themselves and represented the university has really given me this opportunity so I am truly indebted to those guys for what they have done for the programme and it has given me this opportunity.”

Maynooth University have had seven representatives at the Palmer Cup with Rosapenna’s Ryan Griffin the most recent player having competed earlier this year.

In total, Maynooth University students have competed in nine of the last eleven editions, a feat not matched by any institution outside of the United States.

David Kitt played in 2022 while Stuart Grehan (2016, 2017), Gary Hurley (2013, 2015), Caolan Rafferty (2020), Allan Hill (2021) and Ronan Mullarney (2018).

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